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Class of 1966

Stuart M. Berkman
24 Mooregate Square
Atlanta, Ga. 30327

Louis Locascio wrote from Freehold, N.J., "One of the proudest moments since I was sworn in as a judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey on October 23, 1992, was May 19, 1999, when I swore in my own son, Anthony, as an attorney-at-law of the State of New Jersey. My wife, Sue Anne, who is employed as an administrative assistant in the development office of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, N.J., and I look forward with anticipation to my son's practicing as a personal injury trial lawyer at Drazin & Warshaw, in Red Bank, N.J." Well, now that we've published your news, Judge Louis, I assume that we won't be getting any more speeding tickets in the Garden State...

From Gulfstream, Fla., Chuck Lieppe recently resigned as president and CEO of Database Technologies, where he led the efforts to change the firm from being a one-product, DOS-based company to a multi-product, web-based one. The customer count increased by over a half, and revenues more than doubled during Chuck's tenure. He comments, "Given the growth and development of the Web and its enormous potential, as well as my previous experience in consumer packaged goods domestically and globally, I feel I am even better equipped to deal with the new millennium and the challenges it will undoubtedly bring to businesses throughout the world." Chuck can be reached by e-mail at

Bob Lurie informed us about the 1996 death of classmate Douglas Engel in his recent e-mail, as no announcement had apparently been made to CCT; "Douglas P. Engel completed three years with our class before moving on to the School of Architecture, which is where I first knew him. He and I spent two years together at Architecture before both of us transferred to Harvard, where we finished our architecture degrees in 1969. Of all the students in all the classes that I knew at Columbia and Harvard, Doug was the most brilliant and facile designer, and one of the fastest delineators. His capacity to organize space and to think three dimensionally bordered on genius. A native of France, he went onto a career in teaching in Canada and architectural practice in Europe. Doug was also an accomplished painter. Tragically, plagued by years of depression and alcoholism, he died in 1996 before he was able to achieve the professional distinction that many of his architecture classmates had hoped for him."

Bob then went on to other news: "After living for 20 years in Jacksonville, Fla., with my wife and two children, in 1996 I moved to Atlanta, where I have happily continued my career in real estate development. Not possessed with even a small fraction of Doug Engel's talent, I took pity on my clients many years ago and left the practice of architecture. Atlanta is a fabulous city, with all the potential and pitfalls of a rapidly growing North American metropolis at the turn of the century. It is a fascinating real estate laboratory for a lapsed architect." Still another classmate having moved to Atlanta! Bob's e-mail address is

Special congratulations are in order to Christopher Dykema and Dean Mottard, whose sons, Daniel Dykema and Lee Mottard, have entered in the Class of 2003.

Please include your e-mail addresses when sending in your news.

Class of 1967

Kenneth L. Haydock
817 East Glendale Avenue #3
Shorewood, Wis. 53211

In our last column, we described Sin-Ming Shaw as, among his other activities, "a private investigator in Hong Kong." While that is certainly picturesque, it happens not to be true. He is, rather, a private investor there. (A desperate search for someone else to blame having come up dry, your correspondent apologizes for making that error.)

We have received greetings from the director of media relations of the American Trial Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C., Carleton Carl, now in his third year in that position. Also reporting in was physician Jeff Kluger, director of arrhythmia services at Hartford Hospital. Jeff lives in Connecticut with his wife of 19 years, Ginny, and two teenaged sons, Scott and Alex.

In an e-mail with the subject line, "Hello after 32 years," we heard from a former roommate, Bob Rosenberg. (We checked the calculation: it really was 32 years!) Bob reports that his daughter, Lauren, was a member of the Class of '99 and now attends Harvard Law. Bob heads the insolvency practice group at Latham & Watkins in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Pamela. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Michael Steinlauf teaches Jewish history at Gratz College and has written a book, Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust. Another, about Jewish theater in Poland, is on the way. He and his wife, Meri Adelman, a curator of the Woodmere Art Museum, have two sons, Zev, 8, and Benjamin, 2, who are, Michael reports, "awesome cool."

It was all we could do to prevent Kent Hall from relocating to Hong Kong to pursue the life of a private investigator. (We encouraged him to try Macao, instead.) Perhaps we can persuade several more classmates to contact us. There is no telling in what creative way we may misstate your calling!

Class of 1968

Ken Tomecki
2983 Brighton Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

Despite the usual plea, I did not hear from any of the '68 elite mentioned in the last column, but...

Steve Ross, friend and rebel (of sorts) from the past, did answer the heartland call with a veritable apologia pro vita mea - two pages of e-mail news, commentary, and repartee, most of which follows, uncensored, with the rest held for the next column (reporter's prerogative, given the abundance of news)...Steve's still a New Yorker, a Village resident for the last 22 years, 18 in the same apartment. He's very gainfully (perhaps clandestinely) employed at Deloitte and Touche ("one of the 'big five'") as director of e-Business Technology and Security-a "fancy title" which means "I help clients (feel/be) secure and recover their information systems and networks." As a consultant, Steve has traveled a lot. He's "been a resident alien in Singapore; helped (to) establish information security for a bank in Israel; developed security architecture for a telecommunication company in Portugal; and developed disaster recovery plans for securities exchanges in Chicago and New York." Most of his work is "much more mundane," and "I do assist clients in New York now and again," though "I spend a lot of time as a road warrior (not complaining though)." Regarding his work-related activities, he's "published a few books on technical topics" and "lots of articles"; he's even got his "own column in a professional journal," which probably allows him to expostulate ad lib. That's it for basics. I'll report on Steve's extracurricular activities next time, some of which require discretion and parental approval.

Jim McClellan III, professor of history and science at Stevens Institute of Technology (N.J.), kindly sent an inscribed copy of his new book, Science and Technology in World History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), some of which I've already read. All in all, it's a handsome text, worthy of plaudits. Thanks, Jim.

For the next issue I'd like to hear from the same suspects I mentioned last time - Messrs. Tait, Russo, and Gozan - and any member of the class whose last name begins with C or D.

For those who care, the lovely Eileen and Peter are fine.

Best wishes to all for the New Year.

Class of 1969

Michael Oberman
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
919 Third Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10022

Over the years I've picked up leads from various publications, but it's most convenient to find the beginnings of an item in CCT. The November CCT carried two notes on Max Carey. He is among seven classmates with children in the Class of 2003. Max was also listed as an alumni author, with a photo of the cover of his book, The Superman Complex: Achieving the Balance that Leads to True Success. Max's son, Billy, entered the College this fall, following his sister, Elise, who graduated in 1998. His middle child, Caroline, is a sophomore at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Max's dad was a member of the Class of 1942, so the Carey clan is now in its third generation in the College. Max told me that his book is a business/self-help book that deals with the highs and lows of high achievement and gives guidance on pursuing a balanced life. It evolved from a difficult time in Max's own life and he credits classmate Alan Yorker, a psychiatrist in Atlanta with whom Max first consulted at a Columbia alumni event, with helping Max regain his focus in life. Max now owns and runs CRD, an Atlanta-based marketing consulting firm that delivers market share and margin to companies facing commodity pressure in a business-to-business sale. He was Atlanta Small Business Person of the Year for 1988 and is the recipient of the Atlanta Year 2000 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award.

Tom Divine has a son, Jonas, in the Class of 2003. Tom is a partner in Rogin Nassau Caplan Lassman & Hirtle, a law firm in Hartford, Conn., with a practice in tax law and estate planning. Tom has the unusual distinction of having a classmate with a child in the College as a partner: Lew Wise is a member of the firm, and his daughter Aliza is in the Class of 2002.

David Borenstein reports having gone through a mid-life crisis and returning in part to the private practice of medicine. While he continues as a clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University, he is also a rheumatologist. David was recently voted by his physician peers to be included in Best Doctors in America.

Frederick Yu followed the lead of John Marwell and started a small law firm in 1979. He is still at it 20 years later, with an 11-lawyer boutique health-care practice, Yu Stromberg Cleveland in Denver. "Thanks, John," Fred adds. (John is a partner in Shamberg, Marwell, Hocherman, Davis & Hollis in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) Fred tries to find time to bicycle, ski, climb and fish to balance the demands of practicing law. (He wrote this comment about finding balance in his life even before Max's book was published.)

Bob Merlis is senior v. p. of worldwide corporate communications for Warner Bros. Records Inc. He began his music industry career in 1969 at Record World Magazine, where he served as assistant editor. In 1971 he joined Warner Bros. Records in New York as a press representative. Two years later, he moved to Bearsville Records, becoming operations manager. After a stint at RCA Records' A&R Department, he rejoined Warner Bros. Records as senior press representative, based in New York. Bob was named director of publicity in 1975 and relocated to the West Coast. In 1982, he was promoted to v. p./director of publicity, became senior v. p. in 1992 and was named to his present post in 1996. Bob is on the board of directors of the Blues Foundation and is the co-author of Heart & Soul: A Celebration of Black Music Style, 1930 to 1975, a nominee for the Ralph J. Gleason Award as Best Music Book of 1998. Bob also admits to being a "car nut." He is the owner of '60s era special interest cars, a contributor to Automobile Magazine and the author of the weekly column, "Wheels for" (which you can receive by e-mailing him at Bob lives in Los Angeles and is the father of three sons: Alex, 25, Ben, 21, and Timothy, 15.

This issue of CCT might not give me any leads. Why not e-mail me your news today?

Class of 1970

Peter N. Stevens
180 Riverside Drive
Apt. 9A
New York, N.Y. 10024

Our class reunion committee held a combination meeting and cocktail party at your correspondent's new Riverside Drive apartment. While much of the new furniture had yet to arrive in time for the party, to the embarrassment of your correspondent's spouse (yes, it's the same Muffie I met at the Columbia/Manhattanville mixer of Sept. 24, 1966), we still had a fun and productive meeting. The following attended: Dennis Graham, Jack Probolus, Fred Rapoport, Mark Pruzansky, Bob Douglas, Bernie Josefsberg, Art Steinberg, Hillel Cohen, Michael Klekman, Lyle Rosnick, Leo Kailas, Norman Greene, Frank Arlinghaus, Art Kokot, Jim Periconi, John Castronuovo, Martin Stone, Walton Sutherland, and Curt Deyrup. Hopefully, the class spirit generated from this gathering will continue to build for our 30th reunion set for June 2-4.

The theme of the program (though still a work in progress) will be New York City and will include a wide range of historians, political figures and media types including several classmates and other College alums. It promises to be great. We will continue to reach out to our unenlightened classmates and, hopefully, persuade them to attend. In the interim, please let us know what you have been up to. We're particularly interested in those who have become (gulp) grandpas, and/or changed careers or even retired in middle age. 'Til next time.

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